Archive for February, 2009

20
Feb
09

Refuse to be a good peasant.

Refuse to be a good peasant. Do not let peasant status be the legacy forced upon your children and grandchildren. They will be free men and women, standing on their own feet, only if you stand up on yours and say the one word upon which freedom rests: NO.

15
Feb
09

What is “Church”?

I think that there are a lot of Christians out there who get baffled by this question. Not just Christians, but people in general. Many would answer something along the lines of, “Big building, stained glass windows, pipe organ”. Others would say something along the lines of, “Where two or more are gathered in His name…”, but that begs the question of if a couple guys are hanging out at and having a spiritual discussion, are they a ‘church’? Then there is the theological answer: “Where the word of God is rightly preached, and the ordinances (sacraments: marriage, baptism, communion…) are rightly practiced”.

I tend to go with the theological answer, but I would use scripture to describe it: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42).

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching: Word rightly preached.
They devoted themselves to the fellowship: Loving each other.
They devoted themselves to the breaking of bread: Communion (Sacraments).
They devoted themselves to prayer: Lifting each other up and worship.

Church is not defined by a building, but by people. It’s not a Sunday morning event, but a lifestyle. If more ‘churches’ would recognize this, then maybe more non-Christians would be drawn to Christ.

02
Feb
09

No Treason: the Constitution of No Authority


[W]hoever desires liberty, should understand these vital facts, viz.: 1. That every man who puts money into the hands of a “government” (so called) puts into its hands a sword which will be used against himself, to extort more money from him, and also to keep him in subjection to its arbitrary will. 2. That those who will take his money, without his consent, in the first place, will use it for his further robbery and enslavement, if he presumes to resist their demands in the future. 3. That it is a perfect absurdity to suppose that any body of men would ever take a man’s money without his consent, for any such object as they profess to take it for, viz., that of protecting him; for why should they wish to protect him, if he does not wish them to do so?… 4. If a man wants “protection,” he is competent to make his own bargains for it; and nobody has any occasion to rob him, in order to “protect” him against his will. 5. That the only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in their keeping their money in their own pockets, until they have assurances, perfectly satisfactory to themselves, that it will be used as they wish it to be used, for their benefit, and not for their injury. 6. That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted for a moment, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.

–Lysander Spooner,
No Treason: the Constitution of No Authority




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